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Kings Full of Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus Hardcover – June, 1969

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Press (June 1969)
  • ISBN-10: 9997532015
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997532015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This omnibus edition of TOO MANY COOKS, PLOT IT YOURSELF, and TRIPLE JEOPARDY is titled KINGS FULL OF ACES because Stout and his publishers for reasons best known to themselves acquired a habit of naming Nero Wolfe omnibi after variations on playing cards (including both bridge and poker terms).

While the 2 novels + 1 short story collection herein are no worse here than taken separately - no abridgements or alterations have been made - this edition provides no added value.

The selection of titles is an odd assortment. For more detailed discussion of the individual works herein, see reviews of the 3 separate books; no changes were made to include them here. They have few points in common, not even being 3 back-to-back books in publication order. While they're no worse here than taken separately, this omnibus edition provides no added value.

TOO MANY COOKS (1938) was the 5th Wolfe book, back when he was less reluctant to leave the brownstone than he became in later years. Of course, on the occasions when he did leave for personal reasons, they tended to fall into a few main categories: the obligations of citizenship (voting, for instance); the obligations of friendship (Marko or Archie, usually); orchids; food.

In this instance, Marko Vukcic makes his first appearance, having persuaded his old friend to attend a meeting of Les Quinze Maitres (15 world-class chefs) in West Virginia; Wolfe has very definite opinions about American contributions to fine food, and is willing to go to some trouble to back them up. (This is worth reading just to see Archie yanking Wolfe's chain by waiting until the last minute to join him on board the train, after reflecting on what he went through to get his boss there.
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I am in the process of trying to acquire all of the harbacks that I can get. this is a composite of several of my favorite books.
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I'm biased, a long time Nero Wolff fan, so this is another great Rex Stout product.
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